The heart-rending story of a small girl's struggle in a Manila slum has won this year's Asia-Pacific Child Rights Awards for broadcasting.
Reel Time: Bone Dry, a documentary by GMA Network, spotlights child malnutrition in the Philippines, where two in ten children are undernourished.
Filmed in the Tondo district, one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country, the documentary tells the story of Mary Rose, a 10-year-old whose height and weight are those of a five-year old child. She lives with her five siblings, who have all been diagnosed as severely malnourished.
The award, created by the ABU, UNICEF and the CASBAA media association in 2001, is given annually to the best television program produced in the Asia-Pacific with a focus on children's rights. It is being presented on 24 October during the CASBAA Convention in Hong Kong.